Wichita State University

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Nervous liberal arts professors. Stagnant enrollment. Costs rising faster than state funding.

These are the challenges Kansas’ universities must decide how to handle. And the man making those decisions for Wichita State University is its new president, Jay Golden.

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Gretchen Carlson will be the keynote speaker at Wichita State University’s Center for Combating Human Trafficking annual conference on Friday.

Carlson, former co-host of “Fox & Friends,” helped to herald in the #MeToo movement when she sued former Fox CEO Roger Ailes in 2016 for sexual harassment.

The 2019 movie “Bombshell” is based on her experiences at Fox. This year’s conference theme is “Be the Bombshell: Ignite Your Power,” and will discuss the importance of individual voices.

Other featured speakers are:

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Local gamers are ready to compete this weekend as Wichita State University hosts the 2020 Wichita Esports Convention.

Esports is a form of sporting competition through video games. The competitive gaming industry has seen rapid growth in the Midwest and the United States.

WSU is one of more than 150 universities with a varsity esports program recognized by the National Association of Collegiate eSports.

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Six players signed contracts, wore Jayhawk T-shirts and put on blue KU ballcaps.

But they won’t be running onto a basketball court or football field anytime soon. They are the University of Kansas’ first varsity esports team.

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For decades, a university education meant students had to load up on math, history and English courses. Now, Kansas universities are slashing those general education requirements so more students can graduate on time and have more room for classes in their major.

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The Kansas Board of Regents voted unanimously Thursday for Jay Golden to become the new president of Wichita State University.

Golden is currently the vice chancellor of research, economic development and engagement at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina. He's also worked at Arizona State University and Duke University. He has a doctorate in engineering from the University of Cambridge.

Outside of academia, Golden started an engineering services company in Arizona. He also served as a police officer and hazardous materials specialist in Arizona.

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An employment forecast released Thursday projects continued economic growth for both the Wichita area and Kansas next year.

Wichita State University’s Center for Economic Development and Business Research (CEDBR) conducts industry-level employment surveys each year to help formulate its forecasts.

CEDBR Director Jeremy Hill says the Wichita area is expected to grow about 0.5% in 2020, adding about 1,600 new jobs. The workforce expanded by 1.3% this year.

He says the slow job growth pattern is a turnaround from 2017 when the region lost jobs.

Wichita State, K-State Planning Joint Nursing Program

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Wichita State University is partnering with Kansas State University to start a satellite nursing program at K-State.

The partnership addresses the rising need for registered nurses in Kansas.

Credit: Cybele Knowles, courtesy of The University of Arizona Poetry Center

Deaf Republic by Ilya Kaminsky has been referred to as “an important literary event” and the collection described as “a contemporary epic,” as “a poetry collection framed as a two-act play,” and as “book-length series of poems.”

In anticipation of his visit to Wichita State University, KMUW's Beth Golay reached out to Kaminsky with some questions about his new collection. 

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